Completed Thru-Hikers

Backpacker Radio Episode #11: Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking

Backpacker Radio Episode #11: Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking

Today's episode is all about how to eat right on and off trail.  We are joined by thru-hiker and soon-to-be certified holistic nutritionist, Katie "Salty" Gerber, to go way down...

May 16, 2018 : Zach
Southbounding the PCT, Part Three: Environmental Truths

Southbounding the PCT, Part Three: Environmental Truths

Environmental factors can have a significant impact on how much you'll enjoy a hike. That's as true of day hikes as it is for thru-hikes. Sometimes it will feel like...

May 12, 2018 : Righteous
Southbounding the PCT, Part Two: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT, Part Two: Setting Off

May 2, 2018 : Righteous
Southbounding the PCT, Part One: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT, Part One: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Apr 26, 2018 : Righteous
Good Trail Karma.

Good Trail Karma.

It was my first night on trail and I was set up among 25-plus hikers in the tiny campsite next to Hauser Creek (Mile 15). I stared at the ceiling...

Mar 14, 2018 : Tommy Corey
Encountering a Thru-Hiker in Its Native Environment, the Natives Are Curious and They Have Questions

Encountering a Thru-Hiker in Its Native Environment, the Natives Are Curious and They Have Questions

No Need to Approach with Caution As mentioned in

Mar 5, 2018 : Kimberly "Ronin" Huber
Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

It was a scorching summer day in Southern California. I was taking a break underneath a large tree, elevating my feet to provide my poor extremities some sweet relief. A...

Feb 26, 2018 : Brooke Eller
Making Tracks to Mexico: A PCT SOBO’s Final Chapter

Making Tracks to Mexico: A PCT SOBO’s Final Chapter

For some reason, arriving in Wrightwood flipped a switch for me. Mexico is right there, I started telling myself. Just don't get hurt, and you're there! I went about my errands in...

Feb 15, 2018 : Righteous
Through the Mojave Heat as Mexico Looms Ahead

Through the Mojave Heat as Mexico Looms Ahead

I mentioned at the end of my first pack had taken a beating. I've had several fantastic customer service interactions with Osprey in the past. Let's just say I was...

Jan 25, 2018 : Righteous
Nostalgia Already

Nostalgia Already

It’s been less than a month since I rejoined civilization after completing my thru-hike of the PCT this year. It’s warmer here, but life is a lot more predictable. Security...

Oct 21, 2017 : Abby King